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ONCE consulting producer Jane Espenson, an Indie Soap Award winner this year for writing HUSBANDS, and ZERO HOUR's Zack Estrin have inked multiple-year overall deals with ABC Studios and boarded the network's now Wonderland-themed effort. Espenson will serve in the same capacity, while Estrin will be an executive producer.
Motorola Mobility finds 72% of DVR owners are hoarders and collect TV programming
A new study by Motorola Mobility claims that 41% of the content recorded on DVRs in the United States is never watched and deleted. Worldwide, that stat is lower, at around 36%.
Still that’s a significant number as networks increasingly want timeshifted viewing through DVRs, VOD and web-streaming platforms to be counted as part of Nielsen’s Live-plus-7 ratings measurement — or viewing captured within seven days of a program’s premiere telecast — when they broker deals with advertisers.
At the start of the fall TV season, 46% of U.S. homes had a DVR, up 30% over the previous year.
FOX developing O.J. Simpson trial mini-series
FOX just announced two very different long-form projects in development based on best-selling books: James Clavell’s classic novel "Shogun" and legal journalist Jeffrey Toobin’s "The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson" are both in the works for “event series” treatment.
Thorsten Kaye: 'Our little ones are now teenagers in order to make them more dramatically viable'
"I mean, how interesting is a 7-year-old?" says Kaye of the new ALL MY CHILDREN.
Kaye says "It's been terrific getting back to work but we're definitely experiencing some growing pains. This is a huge undertaking. ABC did it for 40 years. For a company that's new to soaps like Prospect Park, it's a whole other ball game. We ask the fans to bear with us. It will take a bit of time to get it right but I do believe we can!"
Jon Hamm’s revealing performances puts MAD MEN in a tight spot
An AMC insider tells Confidenti@l that during filming of the sixth season of the hit show — when the ’60s-style clothing was a tight fit — Hamm was politely instructed by a staffer at the network to please wear underwear while shooting his scenes.
“This season takes place in the 1960s, where the pants are very tight and leave little to the imagination,” a source tells us. “Jon’s impressive anatomy is so distracting that they politely insisted on underwear.”
RIP, Henry Bromell: Writer of HOMELAND, I'LL FLY AWAY & more
Henry Bromell, who worked as a writer and producer on some of the most interesting dramas of the last 20 years, has died of a heart attack. He was 65.
NBC nabs CROSSING LINES
NBC has acquired Tandem Communications and Ed Bernero’s crime series CROSSING LINES.
Set in exotic locations around Europe, CROSSING LINES follows a disgraced New York cop, played by AS THE WORLD TURNS alum William Fichtner, who finds redemption after joining an international police unit based at the International Criminal Court in the Hague that investigates cross-border crimes and hunts down brutal criminals.
The network will air 10 episodes beginning this summer.
Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of GENERAL HOSPITAL
DAYS alum Molly Burnett stars in new MTV movie
Rising stars Dave Davis and Melia Renee join actress Molly Burnett (DAYS OF OUR LIVES) to lead an ensemble cast in a romantic comedy about how friends team up to transform an "average Joe" into a certified charmer in Ladies Man: A MADE Movie. MTV's original TV movie premieres on Tuesday, April 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Leading into the premiere of the movie, MTV will also air all new "MADE" episodes beginning on April 1 at 6 p.m. ET/PT.